Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission
San Francisco CA   

The Static Illusion Methodical Madness Music Series is a musician run bi-monthly music performance series bringing highly professional and truly adventurous music that would not normally be heard or supported by mainstream presenters. Since 2001 the SIMM Series has been curated by Outsound Presents and local improvisers/composers/sound artists Rent Romus and Bill Noertker. They present a cross section of sound artists and musicians from the experimental improvisation and composition genres.
Alternate Sundays 7:30-10pm
Admission $10-20 sliding scale (unless otherwise stated)
All ages welcome.
The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on volunteers. Please contact Outsound Presents to get involved in marketing and project support.
Outsound Presents is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer collective of explorative sound artists who support the SF Bay Area new and experimental music scene.
Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.

Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort
Type of Music Presented
Experimental: new sonic, improvised, noise, electronic, lowercase, avant and improv jazz (most styles), outrock, 21st century composition, and sonic art. See artist list below.

Bi-monthly on Sunday Nights 7:30-10pm
Two acts per night
6:15pm Load-in Setup 7:00pm Door opens

Performances although scheduled for 7:30 may start around 7:45 depending on audience participation.

Booking Lead Time Two to three months in advance
Terms & Policy
100% paid to performing artists.
One comp admission per artist.
No Open Rehearsals. Please be prepared prior to your concert.
No Power tools, or destructive devices of any type allowed. No fire or fume generating devices unless under a controlled environment and is 100% non-toxic. No smoking of any kind allowed in the space.
Facility and Equipment
Sound studio, three tables, seats approx 35.

Piano, drum kit with stands(no cymbals), music stands

Tiny storefront on 9th Street near Market
about 2 blocks from Civic Center Street BART station.
Parking on Sundays is free and normally available along the street. 9th Street is a one way street in the northerly direction.

Do Not Have
Projector, microphones, instrument cables, power strips, sound system
Do Not Provide
No guaranteed payment, guest passes, hotel accomodations, transportation, or a sound person.

(rehearsals should be facilitated by the groups on their own time)
To Book a Gig
Check calendar for date availability.
Submit performance description with proposed dates, brief artist bios, website information and links to audio/video to Rent Romus
Past Performers
Over the course of its Thursday night concerts, the series has presented hundreds of artists drawn from a vanguard roster, among them Biggi Vinkeloe, Cash Killion, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Gino Robair, Wolfgang Fuchs, Karen Stackpole, Gianni Gebbia, Oluyemi Thomas, Eddie Gale, Jim Ryan, Dina Emerson, Jack Wright, Rent Romus, CJ Borosque, Danielle DeGruttola, Bob Marsh, Shoko Hikage, Xome, Randy Yau, Stimbox, and countless others both local and international.

Audience Feedback
"This series in the Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St @ Mission, SF, reminds me of cozy parties among friends at my favorite yakitori joint, nestled under the Shimbashi Bridge in Tokyo in the night rain… from the outside a few hints of warm light and laughter, on the inside a serious good time. The difference is that, unlike the yakitori joint, the SIMM Series is a spaceship that travels to other musical dimensions.
An acoustic-centered sister of the Luggage Store Series, SIMM has brought the best cutting-edge acoustic jazz and avant-garde musicians in and out of the Bay Area to SF audiences and delivered one musical adventure after another. It's my honor to return to this series."
-Joe Lasqo, pianist

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, December 15 2019 7:30 PM
7:30 pm Koskinen/Heckman
Heikki "Mike" Koskinen - piano, e-trumpet, tenor recorder
Steve Heckman - saxophones, flutes
8:30 pm Free Sax
Aaron Saul - alto saxophone, Andrew Ferren - tenor saxophone, Brian Rodvien - drums/percussion

Free Sax is an improvisational jazz trio comprised of alto and tenor saxophone and drum set. The members are active performers, composers, arrangers and producers in the San Francisco Bay area, combining decades of experience into a unique setting where extensive musical and instrumental technique are intimately combined with the concept of non-attachment which creates a profound freedom of expression. Free Sax creates vital and beautiful soundscapes in their sonic explorations, drawing inspiration from their study and love of various genres, including Jazz, Dub, Experimental, Hip-Hop, Baroque, Classical, Funk and Rock, et al. Free Sax has performed in venues and private events in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly ten years. Their 2014 debut release Sun Fog was pressed on vinyl and funded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. They also released a series of singles and a duo EP named Duos Tape, where they processed four saxophone duets through a vintage TEAC tape machine.

Before his move to the Bay Area HEIKKI “MIKE” KOSKINEN was chosen as Finland’s top jazz trumpet player in “Rytmi” magazine polls. He left his native land to study jazz at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1970’s. He is the recipient of several Finnish composing grants, recorded many albums, and won awards as an innovative music teacher. His Bay Area groups, with Heikki on trumpet and piano, have featured such musicians as Hadley Caliman, Steve Heckman, Mark Levine, Joe Bonner, Bennie Green, Larry Hancock, Michael Spiro and Rent Romus. Heikki’s main instruments are nowadays e-trumpet, piano, and tenor recorder. He is also producing and arranging music for Bay Area’s Finnish community and his recent CD projects include many jazz arrangements of traditional Finnish songs as well as original tunes.

Multi-reed instrumentalist STEVE HECKMAN plays all the saxes, flutes, and clarinets. Besides straight-ahead and
experimental jazz his interests include Brazilian Choro, Tango, and Nordic folk music. He has played with such jazz
luminaries as trumpeters Howard McGhee, Chet Baker, Eddie Henderson, and Tom Harrell; trombonist Roswell Rudd; pianists Andrew Hill, Benny Green, Jim McNeely and Jessica Williams; guitarists John Abercrombie, Cal Collins, Bruce Foreman, and Mimi Fox; and drummers/percussionists Eddie Moore, Pete Escovedo, and Donald Bailey. Steve has recorded six CD’s with his own quartet, of which “With John in Mind”, and “Live at Yoshi's”, have received international critical acclaim, the latter being selected as one of the top 10 jazz CDs by the San Francisco Chronicle. His latest CD is a duo project with Matt Clark (kbd) called “Some Other Time/Slow Café”, which has gotten lots of play at KCSM.  More...